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Here are the steps you need to take if your home is flooded

Damage caused by flood water is one of the biggest headaches that a homeowner might have to deal with, and if the repair job is not done properly, the headache can be endless. This is why you should really consider hiring an orange county water damage company. This article seeks to give you some guidelines on how to minimize the damage and return to normalcy as quickly as possible.

The liquid involved in the damage can be classified into three categories;

Category 1

Clean liquid coming from a sanitary source such as drinking fountains, faucets, and toilet tanks falls under this category. If not addressed quickly category one can easily degenerate into category two.

Category 2

This is water that has a level of contamination that, if ingested, may cause discomfort or illness. Examples include dishwasher overflows, water from sink drains and washing machine overflow.

Category 3

This category is grossly unsanitary and is the worst classification. If ingested, it can cause serious illness or even death. Sewer backup, toilet overflow (with feces), stagnant liquid with bacteria and flooding from rivers fall under this category.

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Steps to take in case of home water damage:

  • Clear your mind by remaining calm.
  • Shut the main source of water to stop the flooding.
  • Shut down any source of electricity and remove electrical devices from the flooded area.
  • Protect the legs of any furniture in contact with the water with nylon paper or aluminum foil to avoid permanent staining.
  • Remove fabrics, books, papers, shoes or any other item that may stain the wet carpet.
  • Lift curtains and any draperies from the water.
  • Call emergency services.

Avoid the following in case of home water damage:

  • Using the house vacuum as this can result in electrical shock or damage to the appliance.
  • Placing newspapers in walking areas can lead to the newspaper ink spreading to the wet carpet and thus permanent staining.
  • Walking on the carpet too much can lead to the damage spreading even further to unaffected areas.

Mold Hazards

A building that has been damaged by water requires special attention to avoid a mold explosion. If not attended to, mold can lead to damage of property in addition to numerous health risks.

Preventing mold growth

  1. Remove any wet insulation straight away. Items like wallboards even when they appear to be dry can stay wet for a long time leading to unhealthy hidden mold.
  2. Do not reuse any flooded padding.
  3. Use professional cleaners to clean and dry the salvaged carpets.
  4. Use non-phosphate detergents to clean up- phosphate residue is food for bacteria and should be avoided.
  5. By any means necessary, quicken the drying up of slabs, subfloors and wall framing. Dehumidifying blowers can help quicken the drying.
  6. Avoid the use of vinyl wallpaper, hardboard paneling or any interior finishes that might prevent drying on the inside.

Mold alert

It is important to stay on the look-out for signs of new mold growing even after the clean-up. Should mold return repeat cleaning and consider the use of drying equipment?

Conclusion

From a broken pipe to excess rain, flooding can wreak massive havoc on your home and property. Although it happens mostly when you least expect it, response time is critical. Water removal has to happen quickly if you are to minimize the damage.

Tips for your spring landscape cleaning

On the off chance that you’ve ever gotten yourself appreciating the attention getting maple tree down the road, or the energetic spread of blossoms outside a nearby shop, we’ll wager you’ve pondered, “Can my yard resemble that?”

The answer is, yes! With the right arrangement, you can redo your scene this spring.

Before bouncing into spring scene ventures, however, give your property a fresh start. A full spring cleanup assists with sound development for your present plants and makes the ideal setting for adding new plants to the blend.

Tackle spring cleaning with these tips to spruce up your scene.

Clean the Scene

Expel all trash from your scene. You ought to be paying special mind to old leaves, twigs, fallen products of the soil that waited all through the winter. Manure natural matter at whatever point conceivable.
A Timely Trim

Shape up your trees and bushes by uprooting dead branches and clears out. Make sure to prune before full blossoms to abstain from annoying the plant’s common development.

Rouse Your Flower Beds

Freed your plant beds of uninvited weeds. Include weed control after an exhaustive weeding to give an enduring shield.

Tree Nourishing Needs

When weeds are cleared, mulch keeps them from making a rebound. Add a 2 to 4-inch layer of mulch around plants to smother weeds and keep dampness in the dirt. And if you are just plain lazy then make sure you seek out a good tree service company to get the spring landscaping of your home in order for the summer.

What I do to maintain my home

Maintaining your home is super important to do on a regular basis. Below I will list of variety of things that I think will help everyone follow, they can help extend the life of your home, appliances,paint, insulation, and many more benefits.

Winter

In the winter it is a good habit to get into to and have your furnace’s regularly checked by professional contractors. Winter is a good time also to have the pipes and chimneys check and swept for any dirt or build up. Make sure to always check around your appliances for gas smells or if the wiring is cut anywhere. If your home is cold it might be a good idea to check the insulation. An affordable way to go is the technology of spray foam insulation. It is durable and very affordable and is usually installed in a single day.

Spring

This is the best time of year to take a look at your homes lighting. Check all the fixtures and balbs in and out of your homes. Might want to consider hiring an ac specialist this time of year to do a general check up on your homes ac for the coming summer seasons. Most people love this time of year cause they start maintaining the outside of there homes. They trim trees and plant new flowers and gardens to be ready for the summer season.

Fall

Have a heating professional check your heating system every year before the winter season. It is important to do this because if not done and you start looking for a local contractor in the winter you will probably end up paying almost double the price as they are usually fully booked in the winter. You should check all the vents for dust and hire a professional to come clean out the duct system around the house.  the eastrophes of a house are something totally overlooked here and can cause damage to the pipes in the house if they are not cleaned out in the fall. In the video below you will see some maintenance tips on keep your home up to par throughout the year.